Skip to main content


An Association of Members of the Accessibility Industry
Accessibility Equipment
AEMA Events
Code Corner
Contact Us
Internet Sales
Membership Directory
Membership By State
Officers & Directors
Resource Center
Welcome to AEMA


We are a non-profit organization formed in 1990 to meet the needs of the accessibility equipment manufacturers, distributors and end users. In 2005 the association modified its vision and its bylaws in order to create an "all industry members association". Any person, firm or corporation with an interest in the private residence elevator and accessibility equipment industry may apply for membership in the association and if approved, become a full voting member with equal input into the activities of the association.

The following excerpt is direct from the bylaws of the association:


Article II - Scope and Definition


a. Scope


AEMA is an association of persons and entities with an interest in the "Private Residence Elevator and Accessibility Equipment" industry.


b. Definition


The term "Private Residence Elevator and Accessibility Equipment. industry includes the design, manufacturing , installation , servicing and maintenance of vertical, inclined and horizontal conveying systems which are used primarily to provide access and/or egress for persons in public and private residence environments, commonly known as platform lifts, stair-lifts, wheelchair lifts, access elevators, private residence elevators, home elevators, stairway chairlifts, limited use/limited application elevators, LULA elevators and similar products. (See Article V-Section 1 for membership qualifications).


Our Vision for Your Future

To grow and develop the accessibility equipment industry by establishing and participating in programs that promote the awareness, understanding and use of accessibility equipment

To encourage accessibility equipment manufacturers to interact collectively with building owners, code writers, regulatory authorities, accessibility contractors, government and others associated with accessibility equipment

To contribute to the development, standardization and proliferation of safety codes and standards that affect the design, installation and use of accessibility equipment

To promote the common business interests of the accessibility and elevator industries

To serve as a forum for the standardization of accessibility equipment design aspects that impact user safety, security and ease of use, including equipment operation, signage and terminology 

Message From
Mark Townsend, 2014 AEMA President

Dear AEMA Members, I am honored to be back as AEMA President for 2015.  I’m very happy to announce that Deb Leary and Don Zimmerman have agreed to stay active as key members of our management team.  Deb and Don hold key roles and will act essentially as Directors without the title.  This gives our organization incredible depth.


I would also like to welcome our new Board members; Alex Bourassa from Savaria, Alan Jensen from Homelift and Tom McIsaac from Stannah.  Alex and Alan are new to the AEMA Board but Tom is back again after a short absence.  I am proud to have what I think is the best Team since I joined AEMA many years ago.


Our industry has challenges and we are facing them, head on.  One major initiative is technician training, which I have been very vocal on, as many of you know.  This year I would like to further emphasize the importance of this important element of our future success.  AEMA is actively pursuing ways to facilitate tech training industry wide.


Thank you for the opportunity to serve our industry as AEMA President in 2015.  I believe that AEMA’s activities will be vital for our future success.


Best regards,